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19 awesome Soho spots, as recommended by locals

Londoners spill the beans on their favourite things to eat, drink, see and do in the Soho neighbourhood

By Time Out Tastemakers

Giving Londoners their kicks since 1536, Soho was voted the city’s most loved neighbourhood in our recent City Life Index. We asked our local experts, the Time Out Tastemakers, for their top picks in the capital’s other square mile.

Best breakfast or brunch

Pastries at Maison Bertaux: satisfying French baked goods made fresh every day. LeeLee Seah

Best lunch

Bodean’s serves totally delicious (and not overpriced) brisket burnt ends, pulled pork and smoked ribs. Luisa Gottardo

Patty & Bun, absolutely no question. London’s best burgers and wings and awesome cocktails. Luke Taylor

Best dinner

Hoppers: incredibly good Sri Lankan food that packs an almighty punch!’ Jonathan Boyle

Breddos’s tacos are unspeakably delicious. And Bone Daddies: I almost licked the plate after eating the Korean fried chicken wings.’ Eva Pitarides

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Best cheap eat

Berwick Street Market: the best falafel with fried aubergines for a fiver, or gozleme for a fourer (if that’s a word). Nancy Xu

Bibimbap: simple Korean food that tastes amazing and comes in huge portions! Chelsey Campbell

Eat Tokyo. The sashimi is fantastically fresh and surprisingly affordable. Manmeet Singh

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 Best coffee

Algerian Coffee Stores is incredible! It sells coffee to take home but also has a proper coffee machine where you can get a cappuccino for about £1.50. Georgie Pursey

Soho Grind. It still counts as a coffee if it has alcohol in it, right? Paula Kanesanathan

Best street to walk down

Old Compton Street: the heart of Soho. You never know who you’ll bump into. Luisa Gottardo

Best place to relax

Golden Square, with a cinnamon bun from the Nordic Bakery in hand. Laura Goldmeier

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Best place for fun

Awesome comedy nights at the Soho Theatre.’ Kitty Smith

Balans on Old Compton Street never fails to put a smile on my face. I went in there heartbroken one day and the bartenders cheered me up with porn star martinis. Sam Brown

Best place for a date

Jazz After Dark: great live jazz/blues in a hidden, dark bar adorned with Amy Winehouse art! Veronica O’Grady

Downstairs at Yauatcha. The black ceiling with small lights makes you feel like you’re dining under the stars. Leena Shah

Best thing to do

The Photographers’ Gallery has great exhibitions. Also, it would be remiss of me not to mention Ronnie Scott’s jazz club. Gemma Harris

Best thing to Instagram

The neon “peep show” signs outside La Bodega Negra restaurant: a beautiful nod to Soho’s past (and great for confusing tourists!). Neil Hassall 

Your essential guide to Soho

Soho area guide

Things to do

Explore the best of Soho by wandering its busy streets, settling down for some unbeatable people-watching at a pavement café and soaking up the neighbourhood’s unique vibes.


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